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Bournemouth – the place to do business
From the moment you arrive, you will know you are in a pretty extraordinary place.
Brimming with fresh ideas, lots of talent, a vibrant and eclectic social scene, and a pretty impressive sunshine record, Bournemouth is a hub of business and academic innovation in a dream location.
A string of major investment, new infrastructure, facilities and restoration projects have built the perfect setting for business and special interest groups to launch, promote and showcase new ideas and thinking.
Microbreweries, trendy bars, cosmopolitan eating and quirky boutiques blend with a multi-screen cinema complex and the usual suspects in branded retail. Just a few miles west of Bournemouth is the famous World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast; a 95-mile stretch of protected coastline from East Devon to Dorset.
You can find a superb collection of purpose built and unusual venues and event spaces, including, Bournemouth International Centre, which has the largest delegate capacity on the south coast.
A diverse and plentiful supply of accommodation includes pioneers in sustainability proffering solar power, energy-efficient lighting, eco furniture, fixtures and fittings. Smart and efficient meeting and event spaces are complimented by inspiring interiors. Committed to reducing its carbon footprint, event organisers are encouraged to do the same. Locally sourced produce, high welfare standards and a pledge to reduce, reuse and recycle are mantras that resonate across the town.
Bournemouth is a hugely successful incubator for innovative start-ups in the tech and creative industries. It has one of the fastest growing digital economies in the UK and is showing no sign of slowing. It’s a magnet for a high calibre workforce, thanks to the presence of major businesses such as LV, JP Morgan, Nationwide, Sunseeker and Lush.
Strong scientific and medical credentials in academic research, such as the centre for orthopaedic research at Bournemouth University, create a credible affinity with major medical and scientific associations planning to include Bournemouth on their conference rosters.
The active participation of under graduates in the global tech and creative scene is legendary too, with powerful contributions to numerous blockbuster films, among them Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2; Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Gravity, Slumdog Millionaire and Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
All this energy is creating an irresistible vibe that is attracting some 140,000 business visitors events every year. What’s extraordinary is that it happens all year round, whatever the weather.
Getting to Bournemouth is easy too. By road it is just two hours from London, Bristol and Brighton. By rail it’s even less, an hour and 45 minutes from London and around two hours from Bristol and Brighton. Scheduled and charter flights operate from nearby Bournemouth International and Southampton airports, with London Heathrow and Gatwick airports two hours away by road or rail. Fast and frequent passenger and car ferry links from Poole, Weymouth, Southampton and Portsmouth place the Channel Islands, France and Spain within easy reach.
You’ll find Bournemouth a truly inspiring place to bring delegates and guests any time of the year.
Business Events Bournemouth is the destination’s official Conference Bureau providing a single point of contact for planning and staging events in Bournemouth. It brings together the best of what the region has to offer, with the benefit of local knowledge, business connections and access to hundreds of event venues and services.
And all this is completely free.
The team is experienced in making events stand out, delivering value for money and a smooth ride when it comes to logistics. Availability and rates are researched to fit budgets. In 24 hours bid proposals and recommendations are delivered - speeding up the decision making process with management teams, committee and clients.
Group and one-to-one familiarisation visits enable organisers to discover Bournemouth and understand how its location and amenities can to add value to events. Bespoke, branded documents for conference registrations, dinners and social events and supported by mobile apps to connect and engage with delegates. And as the town’s official provider for delegate accommodation, this expert and dedicated service secures the best rates from a wide choice of quality hotels.
Incentives are a-plenty too and anything goes from high ropes adventure, orienteering, paintball and other land-based activities, to just about everything on and under the water — from paddleboat trips and yacht charters, to dive, kitesurf, and surf experiences.
Contact Karina to find out more and see what Bournemouth can do for your next event.